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Archive for Saint Petersburg

Russian Navy Day

2019 Day of the Russian Navy

Today’s photo comes from last year’s Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Russia. I was less than a hundred yards from Putin, but I couldn’t see him because of the massive crowd.

Church of the Savior on Blood

Church of the Savior on Blood

Bombs away

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Ilyushin Il-38

In a perfect world, or just a normal one, I’d be on a plane headed for Denmark right now. Not this plane, obviously, but a plane nonetheless.

Today’s photo comes from the Day of the Russian Navy, which happened while I was in Saint Petersburg last summer.

Russian Navy

Day of the Russian Navy

Monument to Catherine the Great

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Statue of Catherine the Great (1873, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Russian Ramen

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Slurp Ramen Bar (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

I didn’t go to Russia to eat ramen. I love ramen, but when in Rome… so I ate lots of (really amazingly delicious) beef stroganoff while in St. Petersburg last summer. However, there was a ramen place, Slurp Ramen Bar, near where I was staying that had excellent reviews. The price was right (about $4 or half the price of most ramen in Japan and about a third or a fourth of the price of decent ramen in the USA), and I was hungry. The verdict?

This ramen would have been really good had it been hot enough. It wasn’t even warm. I’ve had intentionally cold ramen before, but this wasn’t that either. Instead, it was somewhere between warm and cold which just didn’t work.